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Mad Painter paints numbers 2-11

Sesame Street’s Mad Painter paints numbers 2 through 11 in this compilation video from the MonsterpieceTheatre YouTube channel. The series stars Paul Benedict and features Stockard Channing and Jerome Raphel. We especially love the jaunty silent film-style music.

Armed with a set of numbers, he would begin each skit by announcing the number he intended to paint. Streets, umbrellas, purses, cakes, windows, stools, rubber balls, slices of bread, sailboats, and bald heads were all grist for the painter’s mill. The painter’s thoughts were heard in voice-over. Sometimes after he painted his number, something would either smudge it or wash it away, and sometimes he painted his number without anything bad happening to it and/or he wouldn’t get in trouble.

Watch the Mad Painter series as individual videos below, including the number 2, number 3, number 4, number 5, number 6, number 7, number 8, number 9, number 10, and number 11:

painter number 2



made painter 3



mad painter 4 - umbrella



mad painter 5 with gorilla



mad painter 6 - cake



mad painter number 7



mad painter 8



mad painter 9



mad painter 10



mad painter 11


There are more classic Sesame Street videos in the archives, including How Crayons are Made, Three Striped Balls & a Polka-dot Ball, Shape Organization, and Old Paper, New Paper.

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